Franklin Street CRC, Grand Rapids, MI, 1887-1966


Franklin Street CRC was organized in 1887 by members of First CRC. Franklin Street was the sixth Christian Reformed congregation in Grand Rapids.

When the US-131 expressway was built in the early 1960s, much of Franklin Street's neighborhood was removed. The congregation chose to merge with Rogers Heights in 1966.

Historical DetailsEdit


  1. Holland Christian Reformed, 1887-1910
  2. Fifth Avenue, 1910-12
  3. Franklin Street, 1912-66


  • 460 Franklin St. SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49509 (built 1886?, addition 1889, new building 1921)


  1. W. R. Smidt, 1888-1902
  2. W. D. Vander Werp, 1903-06
  3. Lambertus Veltkamp, 1906-18
  4. A. W. De Jonge, 1918-21
  5. B. Essenburg, 1921-25
  6. Henry Baker, 1926-37
  7. J. Gritter, 1938-48
  8. J. H. Piersma, 1949-53
  9. R. H. Haan, 1953-59
  10. H. Sonnema, 1959-63
  11. Jerome M. Julien, 1963-66, pastor of Rogers Heights after merger

Daughter ChurchesEdit

  1. Grandville Avenue, 1891-1994
  2. Grant Street Mission, 1909
  3. Bethel , 1912-1994, cosponsored with Grandville Ave.
  4. Hillcrest Chapel, 1947-92, later sponsored by Kelloggsville and First Hudsonville


Membership OverviewEdit


Membership data, Franklin Street CRC, Grand Rapids, MI

Membership DataEdit

Green (lower) line shows membership in families; blue (middle), professing members; red (top), total members; and magenta (thin), non-professing members. Note effect of constructing the US-131 expressway just blocks away in late 1950s.


Youth ratio, Franklin Street CRC, Grand Rapids, MI

Youth RatioEdit

Red line shows nonprofessing members as a percentage of total membership.


Five year growth rate, Franklin Street CRC, Grand Rapids, MI

Five Year Growth RateEdit

Red line shows five year growth rate. A five year growth rate between 10% and -10% is considered stable; greater than 10% indicates a growing congregation; one below -10% indicates a church in decline. This makes no allowance for daughter churches.

Data source: Yearbooks of the Christian Reformed Church. Dates are year prior to publication date since data is gathered at the end of one year and published in the next.

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